“If you were looking for Spitfire parts then you would be most likely to find them here,” says aviation historian Andy Saunders about the annual aerojumble he organises at Shoreham Airport.
Some 100 dealers will come from all over the
UK to the Shoreham Aerojumble on Saturday, April 6,
to sell from a big marquee on site anything connected with
aviation, from its early days to the present, including art, flying
clothing, books, ephemera, logbooks, and, to light up the eyes of
aviation nuts, bits of aircraft including propellers and instrument
This is a unique event in the UK; there are
two others in Europe, in Paris and Germany.
There has been a break in these aerojumbles
for the past six years, caused, says Andy, by rising costs at the
airport and a decline in sales as dealing on the internet became a
more favoured way of doing business. But new airport owners has
meant renegotiated terms this year, and hopefully a return to a
more hands-on way of trading will see the show's popularity return,
albeit now only annually rather than biannually.
Shoreham Airport - also known as Shoreham
(Brighton City) Airport as it runs twice daily flights to Paris
Pontoise - is the oldest licensed airport in the UK, opening as an
aerodrome in 1911 with the first recorded cargo flight when Horatio
Barber in his Valkyrie monoplane flew a box of Osram lightbulbs to
nearby Hove from Shoreham Airport in July that year.
The airport, between Brighton and Worthing,
is also a beacon for Art Deco lovers with the terminal building
opened in 1936 and now Grade II-Listed.
Contact Andy on 01424 753356 or visit www.aerojumbletumblr.com